Game 15: Two of Two



The Yankees shut out the Cubs in the first game of today’s doubleheader earlier this afternoon, and now they will try to finish off the quick two-game sweep before hitting the road for a seven-game, eight-day road trip through Tampa and Boston. The Yankees have played seven doubleheaders at the new Yankee Stadium and they’ve swept five, splitting the other two.

Derek Jeter and his sore quad return to the lineup tonight, and Michael Pineda returns to the mound for the first time since his whole pine tar incident. It’s a no-win situation. If he pitches well, it’s because he’s hiding the pine tar somewhere else. If he pitches poorly, it’s because he wasn’t able to use the pine tar. The columns and blog posts practically write themselves. Once again, here is the Cubs lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. DH Carlos Beltran
  4. LF Alfonso Soriano
  5. 2B Yangervis Solarte
  6. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  7. 3B Scott Sizemore
  8. 1B Kelly Johnson
  9. C John Ryan Murphy
    RHP Michael Pineda

It was sunny but cold for this afternoon’s game and it’ll be even colder tonight. Clear skies, otherwise. Both the Yankees and Cubs will wear #42 jerseys in honor of Jackie Robinson tonight since yesterday’s game (when everyone else wore #42) was rained out. There will be a little pregame ceremony honoring Robinson and Nelson Mandela as well. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and you can watch on My9 locally and MLB Network nationally. First My9 game of 2014. It’s officially baseball season. Enjoy the game.

Roster Move: The Yankees have recalled right-hander Shane Greene as the 26th man for today’s doubleheader, the team announced. I didn’t think they were allowed to call anyone up because the doubleheader was not scheduled 48 hours in advance. Whatever. By rule, Greene has to go back to Triple-A following the game.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Yankee$ says:

    I like this more than Bart Day !

  2. mustang says:

    Team Sizemore:
    Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead
    Dalek Jeter
    I’m One
    Jorge Steinbrenner
    Chip Rodriguez
    Jersey Joe
    Cool Lester Smooth
    Mr. Roth

    24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY!!!!!

  3. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    I was confident that we would sweep this series and now I’m even more so with Soley in that 5 hole. Pineda and Tanaka are our aces in the hole. Can’t go wrong with those two.

  4. vicki says:

    robbie cano doesn’t understand why rachel robinson wasn’t at his m’s/tigers game last night.

    • TheRealGreg says:

      He did not say that, did he?

      • vicki says:

        no. just another cheap shot at a guy who may not have considered all he’d be missing out on when he jumped ship for cash.

    • Mikhel says:

      Now that you’ve mentioned him: yesterday at the baseball game of my local team (Mexican Northern League) there was a dominican guy playing for the visiting team, he looked A LOT like Canó, and I mean A…LOT… he grew his beard like Canó, had the bunch of sunflower seeds like Robbie, smiling similarly, wears #24, we were having a laugh when we noticed how he has mimicked Canó (must be his favourite player). But this guy is a pitcher (throws fire damn kid, he’s about 20 years old).

      I’ll upload photos later…

      I also saw Marcos Vecchionachi (former Yankees minorleaguer) with my local team who scored the go-ahead run in a 3R-HR. And Pedro Luis Lazo with the visiting team, one of the best Cuban pitchers ever (will pitch tonight).

    • Reuben Sierra's Chains says:

      What Robbie probably doesn’t understand is why he wasn’t at that game himself. The M’s are played Texas last night.

      • vicki says:

        yes, yes. i realized it as soon as i hit Submit. did the error prevent you from getting my point, or are you just being clever?

  5. Tom says:

    Excited to see Murphy play.

    I wonder if his playing time will be targeted against lefty starters, or if Girardi is more likely to go the personal catcher route with him given that he doesn’t have much MLB experience. I could see him being Pineda’s personal catcher if things go well tonight

    (Not that Giardi believes in personal catchers)

  6. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    Snazzy tie on Leiter.

  7. Tom says:

    Girardi (and his evil twin “Giardi”) also supposedly doesn’t believe in personal catchers

  8. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Aaaaaaand the official time it took to mention pine tar… after the second pitch of the game.

  9. Wheels says:

    I hope Kay doesn’t talk about the pine tar all night.

  10. Tom says:

    FYI the game is also on WGN for the out of towners who don’t get My9

    Cub announcers seem better than the White Sox guys (as if that means a lot!)… They also actually seemed pretty reasonable on the pine tar stuff — they mentioned it and then moved on from it rather quickly.

    • Reuben Sierra's Chains says:

      I like to listen to the other team’s broadcasters when I can. Different perspective is good.

  11. The Other Matt says:

    Bonifacio is putting on his best Brian Roberts impression with this at bat.

  12. No 2013 again says:

    I read that very interesting fangraphs article about Pineda and the comparison to Palmer. They mentioned Pineda’s ability to induce popups and sure enough, he gets 2 of those in the first inning alone. It’s really exciting having great young pitchers!

  13. vicki says:

    when was the last time you heard the name glenallen hill??

  14. RetroRob says:

    Beltran not moving his foot a fraction of an inch off the bag to avoid a “replay incident.”

    Carlos looks like he has a few extra pounds around the middle. As long as he hits, fine with me.

  15. MartinRanger says:

    Beltran can actually do everything.

    • Mr. Roth says:

      It feels like Beltran has been a Yankee for at least 5 years already. He just fits this team so perfectly.

  16. MartinRanger says:

    What planet are we living on that Yangervis Solarte is hitting 5th in the Yankees lineup and I’m actually okay with this?

    • MartinRanger says:

      Okay maybe not entirely okay with this. But I’m not that much more confident in say Teixeira to be quite honest.

      • The Other Matt says:

        At least with Teixeira there is the fear, and respectability, of his name and reputation.

        • MartinRanger says:

          I don’t think Reputation is a very effective run producer.

          • The Other Matt says:

            Yeah, but let’s be real here, Solarte on his best day could only wish to be Mark Teixeira. We’re talking about a guy who, although early in the season, has yet to hit his first major league home run. It’s not like Tex is chopped liver, he just isn’t the same caliber player when the Yankees first signed him.

  17. RetroRob says:

    Solarte has risen from free agent minor league player, to making the MLB team, to #5 hitter.

  18. TheRealGreg says:


  19. MartinRanger says:

    Between this lineup and the fact that Wood is actually kind of good, I’m expecting another low-scoring affair.

  20. Wheels says:

    Watching WGN’s telecast is a nice change of pace.

  21. RkyMtnYank says:

    Terrible swing in that count, needed one of those big agressive Solarte swings there.

  22. TheRealGreg says:

    Gardner was running for his life there coming off the field

    • The Other Matt says:

      I was wondering if I was imagining things. It looked like he was a kid running down the street after an ice cream truck.

  23. MartinRanger says:

    Pineda’s velocity is not terribly inspiring, but it’s cold and he’s locating. If he’s at 91 in June I worry.

    • RetroRob says:

      It is lower tonight, but not unexpected.

      His velocity will probably fluctuate more than others as he builds his arm strength. I would think it will increase as the weather warms, but I also expect it to drop again as the season progresses and the innings build.

      I don’t think we’ll really know where he’ll settle in at until 2015.

      • qwerty says:

        Why would it flucuate? It’s only his third start of the season, not his 20th. I highly doubt this is a case of him being tired.

  24. Cuso says:

    Come on, Sizzlicious!

  25. Cuso says:

    Man, the audio is better on WGN. That’s weird.

    You can hear the PA way better.

  26. Dalek Jeter says:

    I completely missed this afternoon’s game…hopefully tonight can make up for that.

    • TheRealGreg says:

      Don’t worry. If we lose, we’ll know who to blame.


    • RetroRob says:

      You forgot about it, or just couldn’t see it?

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        Couldn’t see it, class from 11-1 then again from 3-6 and spent the entire 2 hours in between working on a particularly tedious experiment report on the acceleration of gravity.

        • The Other Matt says:

          Only caught the game from the seventh inning on, as I had class from 11-2. When I saw how well Tanaka was throwing, I was sure everything was going to be down hill once I began watching the game. Fortunately that wasn’t the case.

    • vicki says:

      slap yourself. i cancelled with my trainer, which i’ll have to pay for. totally worth it.

    • Mykey says:

      Same. Hopefully Pineda continues to follow Tanaka’s example.

  27. TheRealGreg says:

    3 hard hit balls right at people. Might not be our BaBIP night

  28. MartinRanger says:

    Wow all three outs were hammered.

  29. MartinRanger says:

    Johnson does not have a bad enough platoon split to be hitting 8th.

    • vicki says:

      if anything, break up ichi and sizemore; they’re both far better against left-handed pitching.

    • Tom says:

      He’s had some bad splits the last 3 years.

      His career #’s aren’t too bad, but 3 years is starting to become meaningful for split data.

      • vicki says:

        except that he hasn’t had a whole lot of plate appearances in that time. managers oddly quasi-platooned him, even maddon.

  30. Dalek Jeter says:

    Yanks really hitting the ball hard against Wood this inning, and decently last inning. Some poor BABIP luck though.

  31. The Other Matt says:

    Welp, there goes the no-no.

  32. The Other Matt says:

    Seeing Brandon Webb’s name on the list of pitchers who had torn labrum surgery, man he used to be legit for those few years with Arizona.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Jason Schmidt was also very good for San Fran back in the day. Lists like that really show your age sometimes lol.

      • The Other Matt says:

        Lol. Hopefully not too much, I’m still a young lad. But you’re right Jason Schmidt was pretty good with San Fran for a stretch there.

    • Mykey says:

      Ah, thank you! I had been trying to remember his name yesterday and was drawing a blank yesterday. He really was pretty dominant.

      • The Other Matt says:

        Yeah he was good, then just faded into oblivion like many other good pitchers with arm injuries/surgery.

  33. Preston says:

    Gave up a hit, we lost the trade.

  34. RetroRob says:

    Dallas Green did his damnedest best to try and destroy Al Leiter’s arm.

  35. jon says:

    what happened to pineda throwing 94mph? seems to be 90mph tonight though maybe its the cold weather

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Cold weather probably has something to do with it, also his arm probably isn’t exactly “used to” throwing this much, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see his velocity take a dip these next few starts before it picks back up again.

      • CountryClub says:

        I don’t really disagree. But his velocity never dipped in that 1st start and it was there in the 1st few innings of his 2nd start too. But since then it’s been down. Just seems weird.

  36. MartinRanger says:

    Lot of soft flyballs so far. Good match with our outfield defense.

  37. Rick says:

    Let’s get some runs here … before the one bad pitch by Pineda ends up being costly rather than a harmless mistake

  38. Tom says:

    Nice looking change there by Pineda… if he gets that working and consistent, look out.

  39. Havok9120 says:

    While I’ve said it elsewhere, I will now say it here.

    Break out the brooms for Prussia, boys.

  40. CountryClub says:

    Pineda’s velocity dropped in the last 3 innings of his previous start. I was curious to see if it rebounded tonight, especially early in the game, and it hasn’t. Worth watching moving forward.

    • The Guns of Navarone says:

      I feel like it’s a non issue with the cold weather and the fact that he was 94, 95mph in his first start. If he got there before, he can get there again. Let the kid build up some arm strength in the warmer months.

      • CountryClub says:

        I don’t really disagree. But his velocity never dipped in that 1st start and it was there in the 1st few innings of his 2nd start too. But since then it’s been down. Just seems weird.

        • The Guns of Navarone says:

          Yeah, I’ve noticed it too. I think, based on my casual observations, that a pitcher’s velocity fluctuates early in the season and may even go through a “dead arm” period that they need to get through.

          Here, check out Kuroda’s velocity charts this season.

          He was throwing harder during the Red Sox game. He sits at 89-92 pretty consistently, but every now and then you’ll see him at 93, 94 for no apparent reason other than maybe he feels good that day.

    • MartinRanger says:

      Worth watching, but coming off shoulder surgery his performance is a lot more relevant. He looks healthy, and his delivery is smooth. That was not the case when he was hurt.

      • The Guns of Navarone says:

        Yeah his 91 or 92 is still popping the glove. I’ll be worried if/when hitters start teeing off on it.

    • RkyMtnYank says:

      Also seemed to coincide with removing the pine tar from his hand, so, could even be a confidence thing with his grip especially on a cold night.

  41. MartinRanger says:

    That was an…interesting play right there.

  42. Wheels says:

    Bad error.

  43. Cuso says:

    Beltran needs to go to RF here

  44. Mykey says:


  45. TheRealGreg says:

    He Buckner’ed it

  46. TheRealGreg says:

    2 for 3 with RISP and we have no runs. Combine that with the BaBIP

  47. Cuso says:

    We need a CI here


  48. MartinRanger says:


  49. Tom says:

    “I don’t believe what I just saw” (in tribute to Jack Buck)

    Is there any chance the Yankees can hire the Cubs broadcast team? Really enjoying their telecast.

  50. TheRealGreg says:

    That was hit well and right at the center fielder.

    Don’t like it, boys.

  51. The Guns of Navarone says:


  52. The Guns of Navarone says:

    No DP Fonso

  53. CountryClub says:

    @YankeesWFAN: Rule changed for this year: 26th man for Gm 2-only if DH scheduled inside 48 hrs; if more than 48 hrs out then 26 for both games.

  54. MartinRanger says:

    ugh these line drive outs are getting old fast

  55. vicki says:

    okay, i know he’s an old man with quad issues, but that’s why we want jeter to try to score from third with one out on the soriano flyball. (cf russell carleton’s broccoli problem on BP yesterday.)

  56. MartinRanger says:

    He’s really having trouble with his slider today. It’s going to be a big step for him if he can still pitch well without it.

  57. Havok9120 says:

    That might be the quickest lateral movement I’ve seen from Jeter since summer of 2012.

  58. Cuso says:

    The honorable Jerry C.

  59. Dalek Jeter says:


  60. MartinRanger says:

    Come on Big Mike. Settle down.

  61. Dalek Jeter says:


  62. Havok9120 says:

    Wow. SKJRM has a bit of a cannon.

  63. SevenAces says:

    John Ryan flashing them guns.

  64. pat says:

    I know he’s pitching well, but Mike’s velocity is a little low. Kinda raises an eyebrow or two.

  65. Dalek Jeter says:

    SKJR strikes again!

  66. Rick says:

    Wasn’t John Ryan the fake name in Wedding Crashers? If yes, I found my new favorite player … Hey-Hey-A-Hey

  67. Mykey says:

    Ah, that was refreshing.

  68. MartinRanger says:

    Come on offense let’s kick the gods of BABIP in the face.

  69. Rick says:

    Well done, John Ryan

  70. Yankeefan91 says:

    hit a hr sizemore

  71. mustang says:


  72. TWTR says:

    WTG, SS.

  73. Chip Rodriguez says:

    Yay Sizemore!

  74. MartinRanger says:


  75. Havok9120 says:


    Team Sizemore, ftw!

  76. TWTR says:

    That works.

  77. MartinRanger says:

    Time for your first longball John Ryan.

  78. Dalek Jeter says:

    Yeah Gardner!!

  79. MartinRanger says:


  80. TheRealGreg says:


  81. TWTR says:


  82. vicki says:

    railriders looking good.

  83. Chip Rodriguez says:



  84. Wheels says:

    Dig the broken bat single.

  85. Chip Rodriguez says:

    and yay Murph!

  86. Havok9120 says:


    He killed a bat.


  87. Wheels says:


  88. Mykey says:

    Atta boy.

  89. vicki says:

    there’s your run, pineda.

  90. mustang says:

    Sizemore scoring a run baby!!!!

  91. MartinRanger says:

    damn it Jetes

  92. whozat says:

    …That was a tremendously underwhelming AB by Jeter. Good 2 out rally to get there, though.

  93. MartinRanger says:

    No Bueno Mike. Need a DP grounder here.

  94. Wheels says:

    Big Mike in a little jam.

  95. MartinRanger says:

    Okay, need a strikeout here.

  96. The Other Matt says:

    Random: Anthony Rizzo is a pretty good player. The value of fantasy baseball is sometimes you realize a player is better (or worse) than you may have previously thought, or known. Last season I had Rizzo, and he was a surprisingly good player, and put up some solid all around numbers. I was spoiled to have him as my second 1B behind Paul Goldschmidt. Rizzo has pretty good pop, and steals quite a few bases for a guy that plays 1B. The Cubs are fortunate to have him locked up to a favorable contract until 2019. If they can produce some guys out of their farm, particularly pitching, to go along with Rizzo, Castro, Junior Lake, and Javier Baez (one of the top prospects in baseball) they can have a nice future.

    • Preston says:

      They need a lot to go right. The good news for the Cubs is that if only some of it goes right, their resources allow them to go on a spending spree to supplement.

  97. vicki says:

    why don’t they execute the wheel play more often?

  98. Mykey says:

    C’mon now Big Mike.

  99. Preston says:

    These guys wearing hoods on are rediculous. I went for a run right before the game started in shorts and a t-shirt. It isn’t that cold out. This is a Chicago team, it’s not like they’re used to playing Miami.

    • Mykey says:

      Many of these guys are from the Caribbean and Northern South America. Not all are so used to the cold. I work in the immigration department at an organization in Elizabeth, NJ. When it snows, I can bank on at least half of my clients cancelling their appointments.

      • Preston says:

        I grew up in Phoenix. I get it’s a shock at first. But Bonafacio, and Castro have been around, it’s not their first North American season.

  100. Rick says:

    After hitting two balls hard, I will exchange the out there … I have confidence in the strikeout

  101. tom says:

    ULTIMATE SSS, but JR Murphy’s pitch frame on that 0-1 slider was pretty poor. Very clearly a strike and his catch action probably contributed to the ball call.

  102. Mykey says:

    Getting a little squeezed.

    • The Other Matt says:

      The 2-1 pitch was off the plate to begin with, with late movement, if that was what you were referring to.

  103. Wheels says:


  104. TheRealGreg says:

    Nice Pineda

  105. TWTR says:

    Nice comeback.

  106. mustang says:


  107. Dalek Jeter says:

    That slider to Sweeney was one of the nastiest pitches I’ve seen in some time.

  108. Preston says:

    Way to bear down Big Mike!

  109. Hall and Nokes says:

    I like this Pineda. When do we have to give him back to the DL?

  110. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    The 1 run will hold but it would be nice to get some insurance. Pineda won’t let a run cross that plate. Cubs offense is so anemic.

  111. Cuso says:

    Eesh, that was low Blue

  112. Cuso says:

    C’mon Chuzuki

  113. mustang says:


  114. Dalek Jeter says:

    Ichiro refuses to take your walk, Travis Wood!

  115. mustang says:

    That’s for Team Sizemore over at RAB

    Much love


  116. Cuso says:

    It’s your time to shine, Scotty Sizzle!!!!

  117. The Guns of Navarone says:


  118. TheRealGreg says:


  119. Mykey says:


  120. BrianMcCannon says:


  121. vicki says:


  122. Yankee$ says:


  123. Havok9120 says:

    Team. Freaking. Sizemore.

  124. mustang says:



  125. Dalek Jeter says:


  126. MartinRanger says:


  127. pat says:

    Scotty Sizemore doin big thangs.

  128. Yankee$ says:

    OK MLB Network, play every NY cliche song…ready go!

  129. Chip Rodriguez says:

    Scotty don’t fail with RISP!

  130. MartinRanger says:

    10 hits and two runs is not a good look.

  131. Cuso says:

    Cult following

  132. Tom says:

    I though Solarte was hitting 5th tonight? When did Girardi drop him to 7th?

  133. Yankee$ says:

    So, Sizemore is like a Plus Defender, no?

  134. Havok9120 says:

    Soriano is awesome.

  135. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Now’s the time when we all get greedy and start thinking about shutting out a doubleheader :-)

  136. Preston says:

    Mustang isn’t going to be able to list the members of team Sizemore anymore. I think the bandwagon will be growing.

  137. Mykey says:

    Wow Bartman did not age well.

  138. TheRealGreg says:

    Oh YES he did

  139. Tom says:

    Soriano slow rolling the show on that catch; I’d hate to play Texas hold’em with that guy.

    He’d probably be slow rolling and gun saluting every pot he won

  140. MartinRanger says:

    I just gotta say, it’s a good thing Mike’s facing the Cubbies, because he’s got basically nothing working well.

    • Rick says:

      are we watching the same game?

      • MartinRanger says:

        Well, he’s missing with the fastball, he’s gotten like three total swings and misses on the slider, and he’s getting a lot of flyballs and fouls on pitches that should probably be hit harder. His changeup is sort of working, I guess.

        I’m just saying against an AL East lineup it’s not a shutout right now.

  141. MartinRanger says:

    Wow way to not hustle to get that ball in guys.

  142. fin says:

    The ump is squeezing Pineda on that low and in strike.

  143. Preston says:

    How the hell did that turn into a triple. That was a lazy throw by Ichiro and a terrible throw by Solarte.

  144. The Other Matt says:

    People malign Soriano for his play in left field and I know notoriously he hasn’t been a tremendous fielder, but he has really made some nice plays in left field since he has come back to the Yankees. Both last year, as well as this season. Not to mention, he actually grades out above-average in left field the past few seasons according to UZR/UZR 150.

    • MartinRanger says:

      Cubs broadcasters were actually just talking about how much he improved the last few seasons.

      • The Other Matt says:

        He really has improved quite a bit. I remember when he first made the move to the outfield and how he seemingly used to have a highlight of him misplaying a ball, and he is really a solid defender now. Which is a testament to his effort to get better, especially at his age, 38, to be an as solid a defender as he is presently.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Most defensive metrics have him at average to slightly above…I mean he certainly isn’t Brett Gardner out there, but if we hadn’t signed Ellsbury this winter I would totally have been okay with Soriano playing LF on a regular basis.

      • The Other Matt says:

        Yeah, definitely. Nobody is Brett Gardner defensively in left field. But I just wanted to point out how Soriano is a plus defender, even though he has the stigmatism of being known as a lesser fielder because of his play in the outfield earlier in his career. I actually like having him out in left field. I just wish that he had some experience in right as well, and was equally proficient there, because he covers a lot more ground than Beltran at this point in their career. The plus is that we have two gold glove caliber fielders in Gardner and Ellsbury in left ancd center, and there isn’t much ground to cover in right at Yankee Stadium. Beltran does have the upper hand when it comes to his arm compared to Soriano, as he has a plus arm and I think Soriano’s is average at best. And in right field is where a lot of baseball people like to have their best outfield arm, so it all works itself out. Plus, you always have Ichiro on the bench who has very good range and a good arm to boot.

  145. Yankee$ says:

    Cold Night, 89 Pitches, Betances loose, I make the switch.

  146. Mykey says:

    I’m enjoying these weak pop ups Pineda has been inducing.

  147. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Cano’s ISO is .038

    I’m aware of all the SSS warnings… but wow that’s just nuts. For sure we’d be freaking out if he was still with the Yanks.

  148. Yan Solo says:

    I’m Derek Jeter. Been doing that for years. Add it.

  149. MartinRanger says:

    Weak sauce Carlos.

  150. Dalek Jeter says:

    I hope Pineda is back out there.

  151. Cuso says:

    Phelps looks like Albino Aceves

  152. MartinRanger says:

    Come on Phelps we were just starting to trust you again.

  153. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    BGDP might load the bases himself but he’ll get out of it himself just like he did vs Boston.

  154. Yan Solo says:

    Possibly a doubleheader shut out. When was the last time the Yankees pulled that off?

  155. proday says:

    Not crazy about Phelps in these high leverage situations. Would much rather see Betances/Warren/Kelly while mixing the LHP’s if need be.

    • TheRealGreg says:

      Betances is too wild. Kelley pitched in the first game, and Warren is probably closing.

      • proday says:

        “Too wild”? That’s laughable here. Phelps is behind everyone and throwing mid-eighties junk. Give me the power arm who has shown dominance all day.

      • Reuben Sierra's Chains says:

        Oh so you don’t actually watch the games. That’s good to know.

      • nycsportzfan says:

        Betances is getting a raw deal with this whole wildness thing. He had one real bad outing with command, it happens. Hes been a beast for the most part, and should be at least experimented with alittle more in pressure situations. Hes earned that, with what hes shown in the Spring and the start of the season.

    • Cuso says:

      In fairness, it wasn’t “high leverage.” He just made it high leverage.

  156. The Other Matt says:

    “The Adventures of David Phelps”

  157. Chip Rodriguez says:

    dammit Phelps, don’t do this again.

  158. Yan Solo says:

    David Robertson = “Houdini”
    David Phelps, please don’t = “Whodunnit”

  159. MartinRanger says:

    Crap crap not good.

    I know Phelps hasn’t been a control artist since AAA, but he’s really regressed in the last two years.

    Come on BGDP.

  160. Cuso says:

    Ka lush could be trouble for Phelps

  161. Tom says:

    Phelps got away with that 3-2 fastball. Could use a grounder right about now.

  162. YankeeDJW says:

    Phelps slows the pace of the game right down.

  163. BrianMcCannon says:

    Some great pitching out of jams tonight.

  164. Chip Rodriguez says:

    Phelps really auditioning for the Houdini role here, huh?

  165. nycsportzfan says:

    Phelps is this yrs Houdini, as Robertson was in the past, I see. Gets the blood flowing, thats for sure. Gets er done though. Good work, Phelpsy!

    Freaking love this pen!

  166. nycsportzfan says:

    Its funny how quick a words meaning can change so quickly in sports. A couple wks ago, calling the Yanks underrated, as far as saying they’ll be contenders was for the most part, the minority. Now, just wks later, i’d almost guarantee the consensus would think the yanks got contender type mix of talent.

    • MartinRanger says:

      If enough things break right, they are right there. It would also help if the Red Sox got a dash of 2013 Yankees luck.

      • nycsportzfan says:

        The best part is, there might be alot of good parts coming back soon, talking bout Tex, Roberts, and Robertson. This teams flat out beastly.

        • MartinRanger says:

          I mean if KJ and Yangervis keep it up and Roberts figures out how to actually turn good ABs into hits I might be with you on that? They’ve got a pretty great rotation, a solid bullpen, and an above-average but not immensely exciting lineup.

      • nycsportzfan says:

        I’ll add real quick, this offense hasen’t even begun to hit like there gonna in the coming months. I don’t think they’d really scratched the surface yet, of what they can do.

  167. mustang says:

    Wow! The Cubs aren’t very good.

    I think that was the Cubs then the Yankees there…lol

    But I will take it!

  168. Cuso says:

    No harm, no foul

    • Preston says:

      I think it harms Phelps the next time Girardi is deciding who to bring into the game. Especially when Robertson gets back. Kelley and Warren have really cemented themselves as the top bullpen options so far and right now I’d definitely rather have Betances in there too.

  169. The Other Matt says:

    David Phelps does his best to look like a young David Roberson, with less conviction.

  170. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    BGDP just has to get the blood flowing a little bit before he kicks it into gear. If it’s not a big game scenario is flounders.

  171. Yan Solo says:

    Atta boy Whodunnit!

  172. Cuso says:

    Cliff Lee is about to throw his 130th pitch on an April 16th start.

  173. TheRealGreg says:

    Cliff Lee:

    9IP 11H 1ER 1BB 13Ks 128 pitches

    And his team is down 1-0 in the bottom of the 9th.

  174. RetroRob says:

    I wonder if A-Rod could play second when he comes back.

    Probably get injured.

    Most likely not a good idea…most likely.

    • MartinRanger says:

      Why exactly would he not play third? Unless they get Headley or somebody like that.

      • RetroRob says:


        I wasn’t being serious, although there really was no way to know that! Not even sure why the thought of A-Rod popped into my head.

  175. MartinRanger says:

    Yangervis has a 1:1 K/BB ratio through April 16. Would not have called that at all.

  176. mustang says:

    Come on Suzuki give Sizemore one more AB

  177. mustang says:

    HERE WE GO!!!!!!!

    COME ON SIZEMORE!!!!!!!!

  178. nycsportzfan says:

    Hell yeah, I told you Ichiro would thrive in his backup role! Perfect situation for a player with his skills and age!

  179. RetroRob says:

    Ichiro seems to be taking to this back-up role.

    Randy will probably sign him to a two year extension.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      Ichiro skillset is so perfect for a 2nd career, as a key bench contributor, kinda similar to J.Giambi’s, except Ichiro has speed and defense to contribute, so makes him better, and I think he’ll play another 3yrs in this kinda situation, with this being the 1st.

  180. The Other Matt says:

    It’s extremely encouraging to see Solarte work a few walks over the past few games. Even when his bat cools down a bit, which it has somewhat already, if he could still put together quality at bats and get on base it will allow him to be more than a flash in the pan kind of guy, and really be valuable to the Yankees moving forward.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      Its freaking awesome! Dudes got more BB’s then K’s, I think? Hes having a tremndous start to the season!

      • The Other Matt says:

        Absolutely. Hopefully he doesn’t fall off a cliff like Zoilo Almonte and David Adams last year.

        • vicki says:

          didn’t zoilo get injured more than he fell off a cliff?

          • The Other Matt says:

            No he started to fall a cliiff, and then he became injured. By the time he got injured, in Boston I believe, he had began to cool down considerably. Believe me, I was his biggest fan when he first came up to the and was swinging the bat they way he was.

        • nycsportzfan says:

          Good point with the Zoilo comment. Didn’t think of that. So far so good, though.

    • Preston says:

      I don’t expect him to set the world on fire, but if he could hit .270/.320/.390 with a solid glove he’d be an adequate starting 2b, or a really good utility man. Basically he’d be what we hoped Nunez could turn into.

  181. TheRealGreg says:

    Bad news for Team Sizemore. Looks like they are going to PH Ellsbury and move Solarte to 3rd

  182. MartinRanger says:

    So, all kidding aside, the Yankees have to keep Sizemore on the roster somehow, right? I don’t think they should let him go given that Roberts is made of very thin glass.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

      Anna has options. Sizemore can opt out on 5/1. Simply based on that, you have to think they keep Sizemore.

      • MartinRanger says:

        So Yangervis is your backup SS, KJ and Sizemore and Roberts split 3B/2B? That could work.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

          Fuck it. Cut Jeter.

          • MartinRanger says:


            I think they have to reconsider Roberts’ roster spot/playing time. It’s turning into a Randy Winn ‘year we gave him a major league deal but he’s kind of really sucked’ situation.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

              Maybe. I think the hook with Roberts is not going to quick but, by sending down Anna, you don’t burn any options while you figure out whether Roberts is just off to a slow start or done as a full-time guy.

              • MartinRanger says:

                Oh, Anna going down is a given. Presumably he goes for Teix.

                • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

                  Think about how many of these minor moves thus far have been pretty much the opposite of what we expected would happen, though.

                  As I say that, Anna boots a grounder to second.

  183. MartinRanger says:


  184. Havok9120 says:

    Run Ichiro run!

  185. ALZ says:

    The Sizemore era is over.

  186. Tom says:

    Anyone listening to the Cubs feed?

    Cubs broadcast team is on fire.. they are talking about a Brooklyn Cyclones promo. Show a legitimate business card showing you are a latex salesman and you get in free

    The Cubs color guy “Serenity Now”

    Apparently they are having a cereal eating contest and the Cylcones will wear puffy shirts for BP.

  187. Jorge Steinbrenner says:


  188. The Other Matt says:

    Why would you send Ellsbury up against a left hander, when Sizemore is a right hander? To me this makes no sense really. And who is going to play third now? I guess they’ll move Solarte to 3rd and out Anna at 2nd.

  189. Dalek Jeter says:

    Ichiro should steal on this 0-1 pitch.

  190. MartinRanger says:

    Shoulda kept Sizemore. #firegirardi

  191. Jorge Steinbrenner says:


  192. nycsportzfan says:

    I don’t even care that we stranded a small army tonight. The driving in runs will come, as long as we pitch like this in the mean time, were gonna be set up, for when this offense really takes stride.

    • MartinRanger says:

      I will completely agree with you assuming that Rizzo doesn’t club a three-run homer. Then I will strongly disagree.

      • nycsportzfan says:

        I got such a tremendous amount of confidence in this team, this yr. I’ve felt like were gonna be contenders since the middle of winter. I haven’t been this confident in a Yank team in a few yrs or so. Probably since 2010.

  193. TheRealGreg says:

    Girardi went for it there, and it didn’t work out.

  194. RkyMtnYank says:

    I’m not really on the Sizemore band wagon but bringing in a cold Ellsbury on a cold night versus a lefty for a guy who was 2-3 and right handed, brilliant, even if it is Ellsbury. Not much point in resting him to begin with.

    • MartinRanger says:

      The lefty came in because of the pinch hitter though.

      • TheRealGreg says:

        The problem is that the camera did not catch Ellsbury going up initially. But I am 100% sure that the Cubs brought in the lefty because Girardi was bringing in Ellsbury

      • RkyMtnYank says:

        Guess I missed that, but still, things seemed well enough in hand that they shouldn’t have had to play Ells at all.

  195. nycsportzfan says:

    Phelpsy putting in work! Giardi loves this guy!

  196. nycsportzfan says:

    I missed Murphys hit. Can anyone fill me in on what kinda hit it was?(smacked,infield hit..etc)

  197. TheRealGreg says:

    My guess is that Phelps is only in for this batter.

    3 straight lefties after this

  198. Cuso says:

    He is now Albino Aceves to me until his hair grows back.

  199. Tom says:

    94? Phelps ratcheted that last fastball way up!

  200. Wheels says:

    C’mon Junior Lake, this isn’t the Ice Bowl.

  201. Cuso says:

    Oh my God, Thornton smiled

    • vicki says:

      maybe that’s why i don’t really like him. too many walks and some scary loud outs aside, his numbers couldn’t be shinier. plus everything leiter said. but i haven’t warmed to him at all.

      • Cuso says:

        He never cracks a puss. I find that annoying.

        He’s not good enough to have the personality of a brick.

        But he does seems to have the velo that we all heard he lost.

  202. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Betances in the 8th and Warren in the 9th? Warren in the 8th and Kelley closes twice in one day?

  203. TheRealGreg says:

    Nasty pitch

  204. The Other Matt says:

    This guy Rosscup for the Cubs really reminds me of Mark Langston that pitched for the San Diego Padres when the Yankees faced them in the 98 World Series.

  205. Rick says:

    3 outs away from a big sweep … though Axisa disagrees, when you play a crappy team for a two game series with arguably your two best pitchers on the hill, they’re “must win” games in the sense that you feel like you gave one away when you don’t win one of them

  206. nycsportzfan says:

    I so wanted a multi hit game for Murphy tonite.

  207. Cuso says:

    To be the man, you got to beat the man!

  208. nycsportzfan says:

    This is gonna be even sweeter, knowing were going to dreaded St.Pete, were we have not had a ton of success in some time.

  209. MartinRanger says:

    The Yankees have left 12 men on base. They are very lucky it’s still a two-run lead.

    • Cuso says:

      You’re kind of down on everything tonight, huh?

      • MartinRanger says:

        Eh, I’m skeptical about the level of competition, mostly. I would not expect this team to be able to win two games scoring five runs, but hey, they’re three outs away from doing it. I’m happy to be proved wrong.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      When you have pitching that can win games like this, when your offense strands so many runners, its huge. This offense will hit more often then not. Winning games most teams would lose.

      • MartinRanger says:

        Don’t get too cocky. I think they’ll pull it off but Warren makes a mistake here and it’s suddenly an issue.

  210. Chip Rodriguez says:

    I want Dellin!

  211. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    Godfuckingdamnit. I walk out of the room, walk back in, see #42 pitching in the 9th, and I automatically assume……

  212. MartinRanger says:

    Safe to that Starlin was NOT happy with that outcome. Not family-friendly language.

  213. Cuso says:

    I think I heard a bad word, but I’m not sure because he had a Buick wrapped around his face.

  214. WhittakerWalt says:

    Baserunners, got your free baserunners here!!

  215. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    One more…

  216. TheRealGreg says:

    He’s just missing his spots

  217. The Other Matt says:


  218. WhittakerWalt says:


  219. BrianMcCannon says:

    Jeez this is a lot more nerve-wracking than it should be.

  220. The Other Matt says:

    Whew! That’s a relief.

  221. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    Thank Mo.

    What a sweet couple of ballgames.

  222. MartinRanger says:


  223. TWTR says:

    Bend but don’t break…

  224. Quick, sneak Mo in! With all the 42s around they’ll never notice.

  225. MartinRanger says:

    Oh John Ryan we really did not need that.

  226. nycsportzfan says:

    Yanks pitching flat out dominant all day long! All we would of needed is 1run in each of the games, and we’d of still swept em.lol

  227. RetroRob says:

    Bring in Mo.

  228. Mikhel says:

    You can put it on the boaaard… YEEEEES!!

    I mean, new record in saves for the Yankees to begin a year without blowing one (8)?

    Or something like that.

  229. Chip Rodriguez says:


    What is this, Houdini remembrance night?

  230. Captain Turbohiro Tanaka says:

    That was exciting.

  231. Tom says:

    That ain’t no Xander Bogaerts at SS!

  232. Chip Rodriguez says:

    Adam Warren Wetteland gets the save!

  233. Fin says:

    Nice game! 21 innings since the Yankees gave up a run.

    • Chip Rodriguez says:

      CC’s pitching tomorrow, so I’m not optimistic that number will increase by much.

      Sigh. Please prove me wrong, CC.

  234. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    So the only question left here is who won the Montero/Pineda trade.

    • Fin says:

      Last I looked Montero was killing it in AAA as a DH/1st baseman. .200/.286/.440.

      • MartinRanger says:

        Any plate discipline he had has just vanished. It was always a concern but he is still one of the most stunning busts I can remember.

        It’s funny because Lupica was saying it was another case of the Yankees making a prospect look better than he really was and then getting rid of him. But that’s not really what happened.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

          Has that really ever happened and, if so, does that mean some of these guys were worse in 2013?

        • Fin says:

          Yea, I’m not surprised hes nothing special, as I think it was clear he couldn’t catch at MLB level and I didn’t think his bat was good enough to be anything special at 1b, but not being able to hit at all, even in the minors is pretty shocking.

          • MartinRanger says:

            He lit up the minors and projected as a decently high average hitter with great opposite-field power. And he’s no longer the most highly regarded Jesus in the organization.

        • RetroRob says:

          Lupica’s a tool.

          • MartinRanger says:

            Undoubtedly. But without context I could see why he’d see that. Of course context is kind of important.

            • WhittakerWalt says:

              Lupica never passes up an opportunity to trash the Yankees.

            • RetroRob says:

              I have a strong dislike of Lupica that extends beyond that comment. Actually, that comment doesn’t even bother me, even though it’s wrong, which Lupica knows. He’s a tool.

              • Fin says:

                Lupica always struck me as a guy who didn’t like athletes or sports in general. Just about everything he has to write is negative or a shot a team/athlete.

    • Chip Rodriguez says:

      if we had Stephen Drew, we wouldn’t worry about such trivial matters.

    • ALZ says:

      I’d like to see him be at least somewhat decent. He isn’t making NYY prospects look very good.

  235. Chip Rodriguez says:

    oh, and the White Sox take a 3-1 lead over the Red Sox right as I switch over. Nice.

  236. The Other Matt says:

    Catch you guys tomorrow.

  237. Cuso says:

    What a great day

  238. MartinRanger says:

    Two of the best, most pleasant and least troll-infested threads in a very long time.

  239. hey now says:

    I’m pretty sure the Red Sox work on bitching-and-moaning drills during ST.

    “Okay, guys, I want you acting like every called strike against you is the worst call in the history of mankind. I don’t care if the pitch is right down the middle of the plate, you’re going to bitch!”

  240. Chip Rodriguez says:

    ha, Fernando Rodney just blew another save.

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